posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 11:18 AM
There are a lot of different maps. Not all of the areas appear on any given map of the test site. Some area numbers were changed (such as Area 400 and
401 becoming Area 25).
Area 51 appeared on maps from about 1959 to 1977 (technically, the boundaries appeared on maps as early as 1957 but it didn't receive its number
until June 1958).
Area 31, a buffer zone west of Yucca Mountain rarely appears on maps and Area 13, northwest of Area 51, almost never does except in documents related
to Project 57. Area 52 (Tonopah Test Range) and Area 58 (Central Nevada Test Area) are identified in official documents but I have never seen them
labeled on a map.
To add confusion, Tonopah Test Range is subdivided into areas with some numbers duplicating those at the Nevada Test Site (Area 2, Area 10, etc.).
Also, some people confuse Air Force range numbers (such as Range 61, etc.) for area numbers but there is no correspondence.
The geographical placement of the assigned areas has no basis in logic, common sense, chronological order, or geography. It appears to be entirely